Loren Landau, Alexander Betts honoured with ISA awards

Professors Loren Landau and Alexander Betts have been honoured with awards from the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section of the International Studies Association (ENMISA).

Professor Landau, Professor of Migration and Development at ODID, won ENMISA’s 2021 ‘Distinguished Scholar Award’ in the field of ethnicity, nationalism and migration, presented at the ISA annual meeting in Nashville.

 “It is humbling to be recognised by the colleagues you most respect,” Professor Landau said. “More importantly, it centres the ‘global south’ as a site of theory generation and endorses the kind of empirically informed, justice-oriented and equitable research practice I continue to promote.’

A panel was convened at the meeting to celebrate Professor Landau’s work on ‘Africa in migration research’.

Professor Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at ODID, won the ENMISA Distinguished Book Award for his book The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies (Oxford University Press, 2021). 

He also received an ‘Honourable Mention’ award for the ‘Best Article or Book Chapter’ of 2021 for his article ‘Refugees and Patronage: A Political History of Uganda’s “Progressive” Refugee Policies’ published in African Affairs

 “I’m delighted that The Wealth of Refugees has received this award from the ENMISA section of ISA - especially now, at a time when it’s important to remind people that refugees can make important economic contributions to receiving societies”, Professor Betts said. “Although the book focuses mainly on Africa, many of its arguments are equally relevant to the current European context.”